Sample Present Tense

Every day Mr. Lee gets up at 6:00 a.m. and heads for the station. He has to be at work at 6:30 sharp. As soon as he reaches the station, he punches his time card and checks his vehicle--tires, fuel, engine, interior. Everything must be in good shape for the day's passengers. After he has made sure his vehicle is all right, Mr. Lee gets himself comfortable in his seat, adjusts his mirrors, and starts the engine. He pulls out of the station at 6:35.

Mr. Lee makes his first stop at Maple Street, where a few people get on. Usually, the earliest passengers are elderly men and women who like to avoid the rush hours. M.r Lee drives down Maple Street making several other stops. By the time he gets to Tanner Boulevard, the vehicle is hal full. Around 7:00, it starts to become crowded. Some of the passengers are going to school, others to work. Everyone seems to be in a hurry. At about 8:30, the crowd dies down a bit, and Mr. Lee's work becomes more pleasant.

During the daytime hours, people are usually more friendly because they aren't so rushed to get where they are going. Many of the passengers during these hours are going shopping or visiting friends. They often smile and chat with each other. Once in a while, Mr. Lee meets a rude man or woman who argues with him or one of the passengers or refuses to give his seat to an elderly person.

Mr. Lee's shift usually ends at 3:30 p.m, just before the evening rush hour. Then, he goes back to the station and turns his vehicle over to another driver. After a few minutes of writing reports in the office, Mr. Lee is finished for the day. Even though there are good days and bad days, he enjoys his work as a.

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Grammar: Simple Present Tense

*For picture, see Look Again Pictures, Riding on a Bus, page 27.